Republicans Fine with Child Predators in the Senate

The big new finding from a Quinnipiac University poll is this: About half of Republicans say GOP senators should let Roy Moore serve in...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Republicans Fine with Child Predators in the Senate

The big new finding from a Quinnipiac University poll is this: About half of Republicans say GOP senators should let Roy Moore serve in the Senate. By a margin of 49 percent to 33 percent, Republicans say the Alabamian, who is accused of sexual misconduct with multiple teenagers, should not be expelled if he wins next month's special election, as some Senate Republicans have threatened to do.

But that's hardly the only finding in the poll that suggests the GOP has taken a softer view toward sexual harassment.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

A metonymy is a word or phrase that is used to stand in for another word. Sometimes a metonymy is chosen because it is a well-known characteristic of the word. One famous example of metonymy is the saying, "The pen is mightier than the sword," which originally came from Edward Bulwer Lytton's play: Richelieu.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Phrasal Verbing Character Voice

It occurs to me that our age can be deduced by our phrasal verbs. When we are young, it is all up; we run up, grow up, rush up, want to stay up. When we are older it is all down; slow down, hold it down, calm down, I need to lay down.

Author: Glenn Hefley

Monday, January 9, 2017

Grendal's Mother in Beowulf

Until the late 1970s, all scholarship on Grendel's mother and translations of the phrase "aglæc-wif" were influenced by the edition of noted Beowulf scholar Frederick Klaeber. His edition, Beowulf and the Fight at Finnsburg, has been considered a standard in Beowulf scholarship since its first publication in 1922.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Emotive, Emotion and Feelings

To write is to persuade. To persuade is to make a connection and if you want to motivate then that connection will have to be an emotional connection. If the goal of your persuasion is to keep the reader turning pages, the path is the same.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Literal Meaning of Genesis

In matters that are so obscure and far beyond our vision, we find in Holy Scripture passages which can be interpreted in very different ways without prejudice to the faith we have received. In such cases, we should not rush in headlong and so firmly take our stand on one side that, if further progress in the search of truth justly undermines this position, we too fall with it. That would be to battle not for the teaching of Holy Scripture but for our own, wishing its teaching to conform to ours, whereas we ought to wish ours to conform to that of Sacred Scripture. -- Saint Augustine, The Literal Meaning of Genesis

In the 1950s the Pope and a staff of 20 Cardinals hired some of the most renowned scientists of the time, for the sole purpose of understanding

Sunday, December 11, 2016



This is a fictional city in the GRIMM MC series, that I built over an existing one, but then edited the existing one whenever I wanted the stage to be in an environment not available in the real city.

I use My Maps, a Google service which happens to work for this kind of note taking beautifully, and also allows export and then import into Google Earth. Maps is less cumbersome to setup a basic set of stages, (character houses, stores, crime scenes), from start. After a while though you need better tools and Earth has them. Below is the map for Sand Creek, Co. Keep in mind that my goal is to write a novel, not polish the state of my notes, and these maps are exactly that, visual notes and reference tools. But since some of you are writers too, check it out. Might save you mucho hours.

The purpose of using a fictional city, rather than an existing one, was because of the desire for a small town, but also some horrific things going on there. Serial killings, cannibals, evil, ya'know, the basics. At the time, however, I just felt it would be rude to the people who went out of their way to live there, and then give them bad memories that never happened.  Anyway, that's my lie and I'm sticking to it, because it's to silly not to be believed.